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    Russia’s New Military Doctrine Lists NATO, US as Major Threats
    Dec26

    Russia’s New Military Doctrine Lists NATO, US as Major Threats

    Russia has adopted a new version of its military doctrine, naming NATO and the United States as major threats to its national security. President Vladimir Putin approved the new doctrine Friday. Its core remains unchanged from the previous version. The new sections outline the threat Russia sees in NATO’s expansion and military buildup, and...

    Ukraine Peace Talks Break Down
    Dec26

    Ukraine Peace Talks Break Down

    Ukrainian officials and pro-Russian rebels will not be meeting in Belarus’ capital Minsk for another round of peace talks. Belarussian officials on Friday announced the breakdown of the negotiations but did not give a reason. Talks between Ukrainian government negotiators and their pro-Russian separatist counterparts have failed to produce...

    China Challenges India for Lead in Polishing Diamonds
    Dec26

    China Challenges India for Lead in Polishing Diamonds

    India’s long-held position as the world’s top diamond polisher is being challenged by soaring output from China, compelling the South Asian country to seek help from ally and top rough diamond supplier Russia to defend its market share. India has traditionally relied on the middlemen in trading hubs of Antwerp, Tel Aviv and Dubai for...

    World Leaders Give Christmas Day Blessings, Speak Out Against Injustices
    Dec25

    World Leaders Give Christmas Day Blessings, Speak Out Against Injustices

    After a particularly violent week leading up to the Christmas holiday, world leaders used their yearly holiday messages to heal and speak out against injustices. Bells at the Church of the Nativity summoned the faithful to Mass in the little town of Bethlehem, where Christians believe Jesus Christ was born. The Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fouad...

    Russians Head Into Holiday Facing Economic Malaise
    Dec25

    Russians Head Into Holiday Facing Economic Malaise

    Russian preparations for the New Year holiday are clouded by economic recession and a tumbling currency, the ruble. Nonetheless, people in the Russian capital appear to be in a festive mood. Despite economic worries, Moscow’s residents and visitors are flocking to Christmas fairs to enjoy seasonal and amusements. But a fiscal freeze is...

    Russia: Kyiv’s Move to Join NATO Dangerous for Europe
    Dec25

    Russia: Kyiv’s Move to Join NATO Dangerous for Europe

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Ukraine’s pursuit of NATO membership posed a danger to European security and that the West was using Kyiv’s bid to join the Atlantic alliance as a way to fuel confrontation between Russia and Ukraine. The Kyiv parliament’s renunciation of Ukraine’s neutral status this week as a...

    Russia Says Currency Crisis Over, but Inflation Set to Soar
    Dec25

    Russia Says Currency Crisis Over, but Inflation Set to Soar

    Russia said its currency crisis was over on Thursday but warned that inflation is set to climb above 10 percent, adding to the problems facing President Vladimir Putin’s government as it fights its worst economic crisis since 1998. The ruble plunged to all-time lows last week on heavy falls in the price of oil, the backbone of the Russian...

    Pope Condemns IS ‘Persecution’ of Minorities
    Dec25

    Pope Condemns IS ‘Persecution’ of Minorities

    Pope Francis condemned the “brutal persecution” of minorities by Islamic State insurgents in his Christmas message on Thursday and urged people not to be indifferent to the suffering of so many around the world. Christmas is one of the holiest days for Christians, who on Thursday celebrate the birth of Jesus. Tens of thousands of people turned...

    After Kenyatta Setback, ICC Struggles to Move Ahead
    Dec24

    After Kenyatta Setback, ICC Struggles to Move Ahead

    The International Criminal Court was created to pursue some of the world’s most heinous crimes in places unable to deliver justice. No perpetrator is too powerful to face charges at the Hague-based tribunal. Or that was the idea. But the collapse of the case against Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta and other setbacks are fueling a...

    Ukraine Warns of More Power Cuts if Mild Weather Fades
    Dec24

    Ukraine Warns of More Power Cuts if Mild Weather Fades

    Ukraine will be forced to implement more power cuts if the weather gets sharply colder, Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk said on Wednesday. Kyiv had already temporarily cut off electricity to Crimea. Ukraine used to be self-sufficient in electricity, but months of fighting a pro-Russian uprising has disrupted coal supplies to thermal power plants,...

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